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Eye of the Needle
One of Jesus's most famous teachings on the subject of money
has it that "It is easier for a camel to pass through
the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." And yet, we know of many righteous, wealthy people, pillars of the church and philanthropists. Christianity seems to resolve the dilemma of the wealthy by teaching that, whoever we are and whatever our means, it is our duty to be good stewards of what God puts into our care on earth.
Paramount in stewardship is charity. Charity is among the highest religious virtues -- and not only in Christianity. Charity is one of the five pillars of Islam. Charity is an obligation of Muslims year round, but it is stressed particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. Similarly, acts of charity are an important element in the practice of Judaism, and they are given special emphasis during the holiday of Purim.
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Posted July, 1996.
© Copyright 1996 OBS